By being an animal volunteer for an animal rescue or charity, you can help animals in many different ways. Animal rescue shelters are usually desperate for reliable volunteers, so if you can offer reliability, there are many ways you can be a huge help.
If you love animals, there are plenty of hands on things you can do where you will be interacting with the animals. There are also many “behind the scenes” roles you can be of use in, that are just as vital.
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If you feel heart broken by seeing the abandoned animals at rescues, it is useful to keep in mind that, if the rescues have a “no kill” policy, the animals at those rescues are the lucky ones. These animals have often been saved from “kill” shelters or pounds, where they were in danger of being put to sleep, like many are every week. If you would like to be a pound puller – somebody who goes into dog pounds and shelters where the animals only have a certain time before they are put to death and tries to find them rescue spaces at rescues – remember that without you, they would have no chance at all.
If you would like a career working with animals, volunteering with an animal charity is excellent work experience for your CV/resume.
Reliability and consistency are important qualities for an animal volunteer to have. The more reliable volunteers are, the more time, attention and care the animals get, and the more smoothly the rescue shelter will run. The ability to get along with other volunteers without causing friction is also very desirable.